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Transport and infrastructure in Nicaragua

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Nicaragua with the average of all countries in America. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in a particularly good condition.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 910 km of coastline. In 2020, about 166,612 freight containers were transported.

Airports in Nicaragua


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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 23,897 km. For each of the country's 6.70 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 3.57 meters. This puts Nicaragua in 132nd place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 51 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 1008 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Nicaragua is considered rather mixed. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 15.9 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.

In Nicaragua, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.


 

Nicaragua

 totalper 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways23,900 km3,565.45 km183.30 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways2,220 km331.23 km17.03 m
Commercial harbors50.750.000
Airports40.600.031
 

Central America

 total per 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways644,200 km2,865.26 km236.78 m
Railroads31,600 km140.56 km11.62 m
Waterways9,200 km40.78 km3.37 m
Commercial harbors15,67269.700.006
Airports2331.040.000


Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
UNCTAD
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
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